I'm an actor living in Los Angeles. For a few weeks in high school I was paralyzed.Josh Rachford
— (via keithmcknight)
My German friend Fritz reviews Turbo.
I did pretty well in this, but it took basically all the inside-baseball knowledge I have (eg I have played poker with Mullaney).
Pretty awesome, thanks a lot for making this, Will.
Los Angeles is pretty friendly toward astrology; New York, not so much. Maybe that’s because science has demonstrated repeatedly and thoroughly that there is no connection between the stars and our lives?
That said, I still read mine. Pretty frequently. I’ve found being knowledgable about the zodiac makes it easier to bond with some people (that is, people who are really into it).
Perhaps these Angelenos want to feel like they can control what is uncontrollable - luck, love, professional success in an extremely competitive market. But I don’t really want to give credit to being a Capricorn when I’m sure it was my hard work that brought me a deal or an opportunity or a date.
And if astrology were legit, wouldn’t we see quarterbacks after winning a championship saying they owe it all to being an Ares? Or Nate Silver including Mercury being in retrograde when he calculates the odds of an election?
In college, John McNamee and I wrote joke horoscopes for a college paper. People would tell us they did or didn’t like theirs, when none of them were theirs — we wrote all of them and then put them in the best order later.
Abracadabra. I’ve been saying this all along.
In retrospect, the decision to move to Los Angeles was easy. The hard part has been persevering, banking (emotionally, financially) successes to be used in leaner times. Keeping going.
Pursuing this path has been the hardest thing I’ve done so far, because it runs totally counter to my nature. I am/was not patient, and the entertainment biz’s mantra is “hurry up and wait.”
It has also been hard to recognize what to quit and what to continue. I haven’t done stand-up much in a year because after I performed in Las Vegas (stage time there was fun, rest of the trip was not) it wasn’t fun anymore. When something isn’t fun, that doesn’t mean quit it, but you ought to know why you’re doing it then. I can always pick it up where I left off, and probably benefit from a different perspective gained during the hiatus.
There are tons of familiar faces in this early-’00s profile of the UCB theater, including Amy Poehler, Paul Scheer, Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel, and The Office’s Zach Woods, who started taking classes when he was still a teenager. As he says in High-Status Characters: “Growing up, I had this whole fantasy of what my life would be like as a jazz musician. Improv was a similar world, in a way—a bunch of people not really making any money in a bunch of dirty basements.”
Tacos in HP. I live a terrible broken record life.